The Jefferson Press Prize

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12/31/2006 - 12:00am
12/31/2006 - 11:59pm

Grand Prize: $5,000 cash award and contract with Jefferson Press to publish winning manuscript.

Rules and Judging:
In our effort to find and publish writers with the best new voices in fiction, Jefferson Press is launching the annual Jefferson Press Prize, recognizing a novel or collection of short stories of outstanding merit. The prize is open to any work of book-length fiction, by any writer who has never published a book and who is not under contract to do so. (We do not accept submissions from published authors of books, meaning authors who have signed a contract to receive royalties and/or an advance in exchange for publishing rights to his or her book. Self-published writers and their self-published titles are eligible for the Jefferson Press Prize.)

The winning writer will be chosen from five finalists and will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and a contract from Jefferson Press to publish the winning manuscript. The four other finalists will also receive $500 cash prizes. Collection of submissions will begin January 1, 2006, and entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2006. Entry fee of $35 must be included with manuscript. For more details on how to enter, please download our entry form and guidelines for submission.

An initial round of judging will be conducted by staff members at Jefferson Press, who will select five finalists by January 30, 2007. A winner will then be determined by a panel of judges, representing an array of notable literary professionals, by the 28th of February.

Click here to download an entry form. (.pdf)
Email inquires should be directed to

Short History on Jefferson Press:
Jefferson Press was founded in 2002 in Oxford, Mississippi, by author and publisher David Magee. Though we have since relocated our offices to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, our dedication to finding new and talented voices in letters still reflects the literary spirit of William Faulkner's home town and the launching pad of many other outstanding writers.

A relatively young and small independent house, we are committed to publishing works of creative non-fiction and works of non-fiction that support the study and enjoyment of literature and writing. In addition to this list of titles, the Jefferson Press Prize will also determine the one book of fiction we publish each year, in hope of giving rise to strong, new voices and lasting literary careers....